New report on self-driving shared services
A new study from the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab in the US) has found that a fleet of driverless taxis "would both be cost-effective and greatly reduce per-mile emissions of greenhouse gases.
The analysis found that the per-mile greenhouse gas emissions of an electric vehicle deployed as a self-driving, or autonomous, taxi in 2030 would be 63 to 82 percent lower than a projected 2030 hybrid vehicle driven as a privately owned car and 90 percent lower than a 2014 gasoline-powered private vehicle. Almost half of the savings is attributable to "right-sizing,” where the size of the taxi deployed is tailored to each trip’s occupancy needs".
The benefits of automated vehicles operating in shared mode has also been shown in the ITF study "Urban Mobility System Upgrade: How shared self-driving cars could change city traffic", which was presented at the meeting of the CityMobil2 Reference Group in Lausanne in June 2015.
For more details on the Berkerley Lab study, click here
To download the ITF report, click here